Thursday, May 12, 2016
Youth Jobs: Mayor Launches Initiative to Create Jobs for SF Youth

Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the United Way of the Bay Area, along with City Departments and private sector employers, kicked off the Mayor’s Youth Jobs+ 2016 initiative, challenging employers of both large and small companies to create jobs, internships and paid job training for San Francisco youth (ages 14-24 years old). Now in its fifth year, the initiative connects young people, particularly low-income and disconnected San Francisco youth with San Francisco employers so they can share in the City’s economic prosperity.

“Everyone remembers their first job and its impact on their lives,” said Mayor Lee. “That’s why Youth Jobs+ is so important; it is an investment in the success of San Francisco’s young people. We will continue to support programs that strengthen our youth workforce, especially for our low-income and disadvantaged youth. Once again, I am calling upon employers, in all business sectors, across San Francisco to join us in supporting the future of our young people by creating meaningful employment opportunities this summer and beyond. Providing a job today for a young person is an investment in the future of San Francisco.”

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Homeless Services: Mayor Announces new Department of Homeleness

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing the City will launch on July 1st and appointed Hamilton Family Center Executive Director Jeff Kositsky to lead the new Department that will help homeless residents permanently exit the streets and move into housing and services. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will help achieve Mayor Lee’s goal to help at least 8,000 people out of homelessness forever through strategies that stabilize people’s lives through the City’s nationally recognized housing and support services and building a system that ends a person’s homelessness before it becomes chronic.

“Moving forward with progressive approaches on mental health, expanding the successful Navigation Center program, creating a Department to coordinate these and other efforts, with the nation’s best minds working with us, we can make homelessness rare, brief and one-time here in the City of Saint Francis,” said Mayor Lee. “All of the ingredients for success on ending homelessness for thousands of our fellow San Franciscans are already here, but it will require cooperation like never before. I am confident that Jeff will provide the stewardship to bring all the passion and energy from our service providers, advocates, national experts and our City departments and work together to end homelessness for at least 8,000 residents in the next four years.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Public Safety: Mayor Announces $17 Million Investment in Police Reforms

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $17.5 million police reform package to fund comprehensive police reforms to increase public safety and build greater trust between police officers and the community including increased oversight, transparency and accountability and including violence prevention programming as part of the Mayor’s Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18 proposed balanced budget.

“These critical investments in funding police department reform, rebuilding community trust, and bringing a culture change in how we handle conflicts on our streets will help keep San Francisco one of the safest big cities in the nation,” said Mayor Lee. “We are working collaboratively with the community to develop a 21st Century approach to policing in San Francisco, improving leadership, transparency and accountability within the San Francisco Police Department and strengthening policies, procedures, training and equipment to keep both residents and police officers safe. We are working under the full review of the United States Department of Justice, the nation’s highest law enforcement authority.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Mayor Invests in Seawall to Protect City

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the investment of $8 million over the next two years to initiate City efforts to fortify San Francisco’s Seawall. The end result will be a Seawall that is more resilient and prepared to protect an area that stretches from Fisherman’s Wharf and Telegraph Hill to South Beach and Mission Creek against the dual threats of earthquake and sea level rise.
“San Francisco has a history of solving our challenges through bold action, and our investment in San Francisco’s Seawall will help our world class waterfront be more resilient to a major seismic event and flood risks,” said Mayor Lee. “San Franciscans built the Seawall a century ago, and it is our generation’s turn to invest again to strengthen this critical piece of infrastructure.”

Monday, May 2, 2016
City Budget: Mayor Proposes Initial Budget with New Capital Investments

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today presented his proposed May 1st budget for the City’s four enterprise Departments (the Airport, Municipal Transportation Agency, Port, and Public Utilities Commission) as well as eight self-funded departments (Board of Appeals, Building Inspection, Child Support Services, Environment, Law Library, Library, Rent Arbitration Board, and Retirement System), as well as support for the San Francisco Unified School District, totaling $6.8 billion over Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“This budget invests in the quality of life in all of our diverse neighborhoods,” said Mayor Lee. “We are modernizing our waterfront, our water, power, and sewer infrastructure, and our streets and transit systems to make our City safer. At the same time we are helping our families and residents succeed and thrive with additional library hours, Muni service increases, and safer streets and buildings. As we work together with our Board of Supervisors and the community on a fully balanced City budget, residents will see even more investments to improve quality of life in every neighborhood.”